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DK Slams Government Over Ventilator Capacities

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.03.23.

The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) on Monday called on the government to indicate the maximum number of ventilators that could be used in Hungarian hospitals at one time.

DK spokesman Balázs Barkóczi told a press conference that though the government had earlier spent “hundreds of billions” of forints to purchase ventilators “for campaign purposes”, it “keeps changing the number of machines they say are sufficiently staffed to operate”.

Hungary's Healthcare Exceeds Estimated Ventilator Capacity, Projected to Get Worse
Hungary's Healthcare Exceeds Estimated Ventilator Capacity, Projected to Get Worse

Hungary’s healthcare system is strained further and further everyday, and has exceeded its previously estimated ventilator capacity. Healthcare workers are having increasing difficulty caring for their patients effectively, and hospitals are being overburdened. The Hungarian government has extended current Covid restrictions by one week due to the significant increase in hospitalizations, deaths, and intensive care […]Continue reading

“When only a couple hundred patients were on ventilators, government officials said up to 1,000 patients could be assisted at a time; when the number went above 900 hundred, they said the capacity was enough for 1,400 patients, and now, when 1,340 patients are being ventilated, the same officials claim that even 2,000 patients could be put on ventilators,” Barkóczi said.

Referring to reports from the medical profession, Barkóczi insisted that “they often have to choose which one of two patients” to put on a  ventilator.

Featured photo via Balázs Barkóczi’s Facebook Page